2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – First Look at the Most Powerful ‘Vette Ever

The New Corvette ZR1 Is Everything You Wanted And More

Updated November 11, 2018

One of the most anticipated cars of the 2019 model year is finally here for us to see. After months of teases and speculation, GM has finally stepped forward and given us the very first look at the upcoming 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. They already like to call their performance linchpin the most powerful and fastest Corvette of all time. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Performance wars have been fierce these last few years, and every subsequent top-of-the-line ‘Vette should be right there in a challenge for this coveted spot.

Introducing The New Chevy Corvette ZR1!

2019 Chevy ZR1

But, what has Chevy given us in terms of ZR1’s critical information? Apart from some pictures that showcase the future street-legal track king. Pretty much everything we need to know at this point. Everything besides the price tag, of course. But even the final sticker can be estimated to a low six digit figure.

2019 Chevy ZR1 Rear

Back to the task at hand. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will generate a whopping 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of twist which should help it to the top speed of 210 mph. Courtesy of a redesigned LT4 engine found in Corvette Z06, Chevrolet has named LT5. It’s basically the same 6.2L supercharged V8, albeit with a 52% larger displacement blower. Apart from generating higher pressure, and thus more power, larger supercharger should also take care of Z06’s overheating issues. Engine also sports GM’s first dual-fuel-injection system necessary to facilitate all the extra forced induction. It’s basically a direct injection supplemented by a few extra port injectors. Finally, there’s also a choice of two transmission options – a 7-speed manual and an 8-speed automatic. The first time an auto has been offered with the ZR1 badge.

2019 Chevy ZR1 Side

Speaking of Z06’s overheating issues, GM engineers took the ZR1 much more seriously. Upcoming ‘Vette king will sport 4 additional radiators bringing the total number of heat exchanging units to 13. This has had a massive impact on supercar’s frontal fascia which takes a new approach. But front end revisions are far from everything the new ZR1 has to offer. It also packs a carbon fiber shaker-style hood bulge to accommodate a 2.9 inches taller Eaton blower and no less than two different optional aerodynamics kits.

2019 Chevy ZR1 Hood

First one is called the “ZTK Performance Pack” and includes a gigantic high wing rear carbon spoiler which generates a whopping 950 pounds of downforce. In other words, that’s around 60% more downforce than what Corvette Z06’s Z07 performance package yields. ZTK package also comes with a special chassis tuning, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and a deep front carbon fiber aero splitter.

2019 Chevy ZR1 Sebring Orange

Second choice is called the “Sebring Orange Design Package.” As its name suggests, it boasts a lot of orange-colored details including a base paint, rocker and splitter accent stripes, brake calipers, interior stitching, seat belts, and “bronze aluminum” interior trim we can only assume are orangy brushed aluminum dashboard inserts.

2019 Chevy ZR1 Sebring Orange Rear

Sales will commence in Springtime 2018 and Chevrolet hopes to produce a total of 2,000 to 3,000 ZR1s. The same way they haven’t disclosed a starting price, they also haven’t revealed the aforementioned kits’ prices. That’s something we’ll have to wait in order to find out, but at least now we know the deadline.

2019 Chevy ZR1 Sebring Orange Rear Spoiler

2019 Chevy ZR1 Sebring 2

2019 Chevy ZR1 Sebring Interior

2019 Chevy ZR1 Sebring Interior 2

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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